experiments in experience/participation performance
Recorded at Temescal Arts Center, Oakland, California
Saturday, February 27, 2010.
Below is what I wrote after this performance:
Ah! How do you measure success in a performance? Maybe when the audience [the people who come to the performance] start crying uncontrollably over releases of blocks that just disappeared just by walking through them with willingness and trust. Or maybe when a young sexy co-ed rocks nude on your lap, arousing all kinds of new possibilities. Or maybe when you attract a wide range of people, all ready to go all the way into the volcano, melting into a cozy little joyful community, willing to be uncomfortable and whatever else it takes to go into adventures of fun, floating on the mood music of Kene-J and a psychology grad student… The community so strong that they [most of them] kept staying, playing together, long after the “performance” was “over”, and then most of them went to an apartment of one of them to continue hanging out together! And I’m not even getting into what they said of how the performance affected them! [See the full write-up at the link below for that!] I am just glad I didn’t get in the way of the potential of the night!
Yep! It was a great deep success! And the series is clearly building, tapping into the young art school student community, among other groups. Ah, yes, very dangerous and subversive! You need to do something for at least a year to start this kind of building. And it goes in waves. The art student came months ago. She went home all shining and open and vulnerable and creative. Her roommates and friends saw the changes in her. So when they came, they were ready to go into it explicitly. This audience was the most explicitly ready in over a year! The new title seems to be working! THE UNCOMFORTABLE ZONES OF FUN seemed to attract people who are coming to work for the depth of fun that requires risk. It also seemed to screen out the whiners who use their fragile limited zones of so-called comfort to make sure they are in control. I love when a title works!
And now there are more shining people walking around infecting others! Extremely satisfying and dangerous and subversive!